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Teams that should have won the Champions League

Teams that should have won the Champions League: Mid-2010s Atletico Madrid

Since arriving at Atletico Madrid in 2011, Diego Simeone has made Atleti almost unbeatable. In eight years in the competition, only sides featuring Cristiano Ronaldo have beaten them in a knockout game in Europe’s premier tournament. Even with Ronaldo, no side has ever won a knockout game at the Vicente …

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Teams that should have won the Champions League: Klopp’s Dortmund

It’s not often Pep Guardiola describes a team as “fantastic, phenomenal, overwhelming”, and claims he and his team “have to learn from that”. Jürgen Klopp has turned his Liverpool team into the most feared side in Europe for the first time since the 1980s, despite being outspent by his English …

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Teams that should have won the Champions League: Mourinho’s first Chelsea side

When asked about his toughest opponent, Ronaldinho replied: “In Europe, it had to be Chelsea”. The football icon described their encounters as “always fierce”. ‘Dinho’s great Barça side struggled to compete with Mourinho’s giants, like every other side in Europe. Everyone seemed to recognise Jose’s Chelsea as the team to …

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